LOS ANGELES (AP) — The BET Awards returned Sunday night with a slew of performances designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop.
Held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and curated by Kid Capri, the show will pay tribute to hip-hop’s biggest moments. Patti Labelle will also pay tribute to the late Tina Turner.
The show begins at 8 p.m. ET and will air on BET, BET HER and numerous Paramount channels including Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and VH1. Also live on BET.com
Drake leads the nominations with seven nominations: he’s up for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist and Male R&B/Pop Artist, as well as some co-titles, including best performance with Future and Tems’ song “Wait for U.” Best Collaboration Award and Audience Choice Award. Drake was also nominated for Album of the Year and Group of the Year for “Her Loss,” a collaboration with 21 Savage, and the audience’s choice hit “Jimmy Cooks.”
Lizzo and 21 Savage tied for second with five nominations each.
Busta Rhimes will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the show’s highest honors, which was awarded to Sean “Daddy” Combs at last year’s ceremony. The 12-time Grammy Award-nominated rapper, producer and hip-hop pioneer is widely considered one of the greatest MCs of all time, with seven Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits.
Bia, Coi Leray, Cutty Ranks, Dexta Daps, MOP, Rah Digga, ScarLip, Spice, Supercat and Swizz Beatz plan to pay tribute to Rhymes.
It was one of several moments that paid homage to the musical heritage of hip-hop, which BET has championed for decades with shows like “Rap City” and “106 & Park.”
Other performers lined up for the 2023 BET Awards include Chief Keef, DJ Unk, E-40, Fast Life Yungstaz & Easton (FLY), Fat Joe, Soulja Boy, The Sugarhill Gang, Tyga, Ying Yang Twins and Yo-Yo.